PEUGEOT

PEUGEOT 108 HATCHBACK 1.0 72 Allure 3dr

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph13.8s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2110 g/km

Peugeot's 108 demonstrates just how far citycars have come in recent years. In fact, this one's more sophisticated and efficient than you might ever have expected a model of this kind could be. With this car, Peugeot is now offering an efficient VTi 72 petrol engine - and as before, there's the option of a TOP! variant featuring a neat retractable fabric roof. Plus you can personalise your 108 precisely to your preference.

LOVE AND EIGHT

The Peugeot 108 continues to establish itself as a leading citycar contender, most recently with the introduction of a revamped Vti 72 engine. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

Peugeot's 108 demonstrates just how far citycars have come in recent years. In fact, this one's more sophisticated and efficient than you might ever have expected a model of this kind could be. With this car, Peugeot is now offering an efficient VTi 72 petrol engine - and as before, there's the option of a TOP! variant featuring a neat retractable fabric roof. Plus you can personalise your 108 precisely to your preference.

Background

Creating a citycar is hard enough. Trying to differentiate a design shared with other brands must be even more difficult. Such was Peugeot's job with this car, the 108. Like its predecessor, the old 107, this model has to share its design and engineering with two rivals, Citroen's C1 and Toyota's Aygo. And, in comparison with the old 107, it had to offer citycar buyers more options - extra hi-tech, a bit more space and more complete safety provision. In all these areas, this 108 does indeed improve on what went before and has now been improved still further with the addition of a more efficient Vti 72 petrol engine now used across the range. In comparison to its two design stablemates, this Peugeot has gone for a classier, more mature look. And it's highly personalisable. So, is that enough to put this Peugeot in pole position in this segment? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

As you might know, the this car's Peugeot 107 predecessor was part of a three-car family alongside the Toyota Aygo and the Citroen C1, all three models being screwed together in Kolin in the Czech Republic. It's the same story with this second generation design, which is why it'll come as no great surprise to learn that the 108 is mechanically identical to the Citroen C1. Original versions of the 108 could be had with two three cylinder VTi petrol engines, a 1.0-litre 68bhp unit and a 1.2-litre 82bhp powerlant. These units have now both been replaced by a VTi 72 Euro 6.d-TEMP engine, which comes with a 5-speed manual gearbox. Urban-bound folk will appreciate the light steering and a kerb-to-kerb 10.2m turning circle so tight that even if you spot a parking place on the other side of the road, you may be able to throw a quick U-turn to snaffle it. When reversing into a narrow bay, it's almost comical how little car there is behind the rear seats and it's worth remembering that you can afford to leave yourself some breathing room at the back. Parking like this is especially easy thanks to the light power steering that'll twirl you easily into the smallest slot.

Design and Build

The difference between the 108, the Aygo and the C1's exterior styling is far more marked in this second generation model. Of the three, the 108 undoubtedly possesses the most mature, refined styling. That's important because this car is not really attempting to make a big play for first time buyers. Instead it's looking to attract customers who might never have chosen a city car because they felt too insubstantial and cheap. The 108 looks reassuringly grown-up with a discreet front end treatment and assured, mature detailing. There's very little here that looks contrived or gauche. Chief designer Ivo Groen insisted on lots of chrome and a palette of restrained, smart colours. The interior of the 108 hinges around a 7-inch centrally mounted touch screen system. This display is optional on the Active trim level and standard from Allure up and it really brings the interior together so you'll be missing out if you pinch pennies here. It controls the car's media, trip computer, Bluetooth and various vehicle settings. Should you want to personalise your 108, Peugeot offer seven different themes which feature decals, trim inserts, and seat fabrics like houndstooth and tartan.

Market and Model

There are three and five-door bodystyles. The three-door variant comes with 'Active' or 'Allure' trim options and will cost you from around £12,800. The five-door models are priced from just over £13,000 and and come with all three trim levels - 'Active', 'Allure' and 'Collection'. if you go for five doors with your 108, you'll get the option to pay £1,000 more to have yourself the 'TOP!' bodystyle, which gives you a full-length fabric folding roof. TOP! Models start from around £15,500. The 108 gets MirrorLink, which allows the user to control their car's applications through the touch screens of their smart phones. Apple iOS, Android and Windows Mobile platforms are all supported, but do remember that the system won't allow you to start updating your Facebook status when the car's on the move. Safety equipment shouldn't be an issue as even the entry-level car is fitted with Hill Start Assist, anti-lock brakes, emergency collision braking system, and electronic stability control. There are full length curtain airbags, two side airbags and two front airbags. Both rear seats are also fitted with ISOFIX child seat mounts. At the top of the range, the Active City Brake safety set-up and a Lane Departure Warning System are both offered as an option on Allure and Feline badge levels. Recent changes see a striking new metallic paint, Smooth Green, replacing the previous Green Fizz option, with Diamond White, Zircon Grey, Raven Black and Antelope Red also available throughout the model range. Smooth Green is also featured as an option on the interior ambience colour palette.

Cost of Ownership

Even if it is being targeted at well-heeled downsizers or those families looking for an easy to use second or third car, the Peugeot 108 can't afford to be off the pace in terms of economy and emissions. It's not even a purely monetary thing anymore. To fall behind here smacks of complacent engineering and manufacturers are keen to one-up each other. Call it a way for the boffins to keep score. That we benefit from this battle of the brains can only be applauded and in Euro6 guise, the 108 nets a combined WLTP fuel consumption figure of up to 58.9mpg in 1.0-litre form. The CO2 emssions figure is up to 110g/km (WLTP). We'd also be willing to bet that the 108 ends up with the strongest residual values of the three sister vehicles created from this design. It looks to have the broadest appeal, although we'd probably look to specify the car with the touch screen if we wanted to guarantee better retained values.

Summary

The Peugeot 108 is an intriguing sort of citycar. Most small cars are marketed to two distinct groups; people who don't really want new cars and people who can't really afford new cars. As such, most buyers don't have much of an emotional investment in the vehicle. It's a means to an end; virtually a distress purchase in some cases. The 108 is different. It's a car that sets its stall out to attract people who have the means to buy more expensive cars, making an appeal on style, convenience and agility. We like the Toyota Aygo and the Citroen C1, but there's something about the Peugeot 108 which sets it apart. It's almost as if by paring the tinsel back, it's become a harder-hitting, more desirable proposition. Less can be more. There aren't too many car companies that have become rich banking on the refined subtlety of the British public, but Peugeot remains cautiously optimistic.

  • Electric front windows
  • Rear wash/wipe
  • Tinted rear and side windows

  • ESP with Hill Assist
  • Anti lock brake system + Electronic Brake force Distribution

  • Carpet mats

  • Bluetooth system

  • Speed limiter
  • Colour Reversing camera

  • Electrically assisted power steering
  • Start/stop system

  • 7" Capacitive colour touchscreen
  • Service indicator
  • Rev counter
  • Trip computer

  • Electric operated/heated door mirrors
  • Raven Black door mirrors

  • 3.5mm jack for external audio device
  • 2 speakers + 2 tweeters
  • USB socket
  • Steering wheel mounted remote controls
  • DAB Digital radio

  • Colour coded door handles
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Raven Black roof

  • Static fog lights
  • Automatic headlights
  • LED daytime running lights

  • Manual air conditioning

  • Height adjustable steering wheel
  • Leather gear knob
  • Leather trimmed steering wheel
  • Auxilliary 12V power socket
  • Charcoal grey with gloss black centre console ambiance with charcoal grey dash insert with gloss black detailing around air vents
  • Line Jusa cloth upholstery

  • 2 x 3-point rear seat belts
  • Tyre pressure sensor
  • Driver and Passenger airbag with Passenger airbag deactivation switch
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Front side airbags

  • Driver seat height adjustment
  • 2 rear head restraints
  • 50/50 split folding rear seat
  • Front head restraints
  • Rear seat 3 point ISOFIX location mounts x 2

  • Peugeot open and go system with keyless entry/stop start button
  • Thatcham Category 2 engine immobiliser
  • Seatbelt alarm (Driver & Passenger)
  • Remote control central locking

  • 15" Thorren alloy wheels

  • Noise Level dB(A): 69
  • CO: 0.197
  • HC: 0.03
  • NOx: 0.019
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • CO2 (g/km): 85
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 111
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 117
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 110

  • Engine Code: REJ
  • Cylinders: 3
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 12
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 11.8:1
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 5 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 71
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 84
  • CC: 998

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 57.6
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 78.5
  • EC Combined (mpg): 68.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 53.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 49.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 64.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 61.1
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 68.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 64.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 52.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 47.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 58.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 54.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 4.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 4.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 4.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 4.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 5.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 4.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 5.2

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: Allure
  • Coin Description: 72
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 60000
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Service Interval Mileage: 10000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 80
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 80
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 62
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 56
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 4
  • Badge Power: 72
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 8E

  • Engine Power - KW: 53
  • Engine Power - RPM: 6000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 69
  • Engine Torque - NM: 93
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 4400
  • Engine Power - BHP: 72
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 13.8
  • Top Speed: 99
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 9.5

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Tyre Size Front: 165/60 R15
  • Tyre Size Rear: 165/60 R15
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 15" ALLOY
  • Wheel Style: THORREN
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False

  • Width (including mirrors): 1884
  • Height: 1460
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 3475
  • Width: 1615
  • Wheelbase: 2340

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 840
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1240
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 35
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 196
  • No. of Seats: 4
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: N
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: N
  • Max. Loading Weight: 400
  • Max. Roof Load: N
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 780
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 9.6

  • Active city brake and lane departure warning system + Traffic sign recognition: £480

  • Mirror screen with mirror link, apple carplay and andriod auto: Included
  • Satellite navigation system: £400

  • Solid paint: Included
  • Special solid paint: £250
  • Metallic paint: £515
  • Additional metallic paint: £250

  • Metallic - Antelope red: £515
  • Metallic - Smooth green: £515
  • Metallic - Calvi Blue: £515
  • Metallic - Carbon grey: £515
  • Metallic - Zircon grey: £515

  • Solid - Laser red: £0

  • Special solid - Diamond White: £250
  • Additional metallic paint - Raven black: £250

  • Line jusa cloth - white: £0

  • Space saver spare wheel: £70
  • Tyre puncture repair kit: Included

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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